Each year, The LGBT Center selects student leaders to serve as Ambassadors, a program created to reinforce its mission to "strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus community at the University of Louisville, one that welcomes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through support, educational resources and advocacy."
This group of students spends the academic year learning and developing leadership skills. They assist the center by reaching out to students on campus and creating a safe space for those who need it most, and they are often the first point of contact for new students and visitors.Working as a strong team, ambassadors develop and design outreach projects, advise the LGBT Center on important issues and concerns, and connect students to other programs and efforts on campus related to social justice and equity.
Sophomore Ben Vivona said, "The LGBT Center has done so much for me, and when I learned of this opportunity, I knew it was something I needed to do. Being the person to welcome new people into this great space is really amazing, and I have developed my interpersonal skills greatly through trainings in the Ambassador Program. Senior Sam Speaks agreed, “Being an ambassador has given me a multitude of opportunities that would not have been available to me if not for the office and my wonderful colleagues. I've met tons of amazing new people, made life-long friends, and built connections in my community that will change the trajectory of my education and career.”